A Research Agenda for Work and Employment

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A Research Agenda for Work and Employment

9781803929965 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Stephen Procter, Alcan Professor of Management, Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University, UK
Publication Date: June 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80392 996 5 Extent: c 242 pp
A Research Agenda for Work and Employment critically analyses forthcoming developments and pressing issues within employment studies. By exploring crucial questions on changing employer demands and new forms of employment, it addresses the core topics shaping this fascinating area of business studies today.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

A Research Agenda for Work and Employment critically analyses forthcoming developments and pressing issues within employment studies. By exploring crucial questions on changing employer demands and new forms of employment, it addresses the core topics shaping this fascinating area of business studies today.

Concise and poignant in its exploration of contemporary employment studies, the Research Agenda provides an essential introduction to research focused on outlining the future of work and employment. Bringing together a collective of well-established contributors and rising academic stars, Stephen Procter organises chapters into three innovative themes: global challenges; actors and sectors; and perspectives and trajectories. The role of the individual worker and the collective organisation are also addressed to offer a complete illustration of this evolving academic field.

This Research Agenda is perfect for academic researchers and students of organisational behaviour, human resources and employment trends looking for an accessible introduction to key areas of research in work and employment. Due to its practical scope, it is also beneficial for policy makers and those working in employment strategy.
Critical Acclaim
‘This book is an excellent addition to the future of work literature. It captures perspectives from leading scholars who focus on the “human, social and emotional” aspects of work and ask, “what is stable and what is changing?” Individual chapters review contemporary issues and highlight new areas for research. I highly recommend this valuable contribution.’
– Pauline Stanton, RMIT University, Australia

‘This edited, inspiring volume links big societal challenges to work and employment issues with contributions of well-known scholars and experts in the field. The book is a Research Agenda for the future of work focused on global challenges, multiple actors and a multi-sectoral approach using different relevant lenses.’
– Paul Boselie, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Contributors
Contributors: Adebayo Adeniji, Stephen Bach, Greg J. Bamber, Peter Boxall, Johan Coetsee, Fang Lee Cooke, Virginia Doellgast, James Duggan, Patrick C. Flood, Deborah Harrison, Stewart Johnstone, Ian Kessler, Nick Krachler, Oliver Mallett, Olive Wachera Maitha, Abigail Marks, Jo McBride, Stephen Procter, Jenny K. Rodriguez, Melanie Simms, Lila Skountridaki, Andrew Smith, Chris F. Wright
Contents
Contents:

PART I GLOBAL CHALLENGES
1 Facing and shaping the future of work 3
Deborah Harrison and Stephen Procter
2 Sustainability and human-centred human
resource management 23
Fang Lee Cooke
3 Intersectionality in work and employment 41
Jenny K. Rodriguez
4 Internationally comparative employment relations 61
Greg J. Bamber, Virginia Doellgast, Chris F.
Wright and Fang Lee Cooke

PART II ACTORS AND SECTORS
5 Employee voice at work 83
Stewart Johnstone
6 Trade unions and the future of work 99
Melanie Simms
7 Work and employment in the public sector 115
Nick Krachler, Ian Kessler and Stephen Bach
8 Industry 4.0 and the quality of work in manufacturing 135
Adebayo Adeniji and Peter Boxall

PART III PERSPECTIVES AND TRAJECTORIES
9 Gig work and the platform economy 155
James Duggan
10 Precarious work and employment 173
Jo McBride and Andrew Smith
11 The (over) burden of work 189
Abigail Marks, Oliver Mallett and Lila Skountridaki
12 Relational coordination at work 207
Patrick C. Flood, Johan Coetsee and Olive
Wachera Maitha
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